Re: [PATCH v4 29/36] media: imx: mipi-csi2: enable setting and getting of frame rates
From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Sat Feb 18 2017 - 13:12:33 EST
On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 09:29:17AM -0800, Steve Longerbeam wrote:
> On 02/18/2017 01:23 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> >On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 05:12:44PM -0800, Steve Longerbeam wrote:
> >>Hi Russell,
> >>I signed-off on this but after more review I'm not sure this is right.
> >>The CSI-2 receiver really has no control over frame rate. It's output
> >>frame rate is the same as the rate that is delivered to it.
> >>So this subdev should either not implement these ops, or it should
> >>refer them to the attached source subdev.
> >Where in the V4L2 documentation does it say that is permissible?
> "The frame interval only makes sense for sub-devices that can control the
> frame period on their own. This includes, for instance, image sensors and TV
> tuners. Sub-devices that don't support frame intervals must not implement
> these ioctls."
That sounds clear - but the TV tuner example seems odd - the frame rate
is determined at transmission time, not reception time. Yes, it's
possible to skip frames (which would be scaling) but you can't
_control_ the frame rate per se.
> >If you don't implement these, media-ctl fails to propagate _anything_
> >to the next sink pad if you specify a frame rate, because media-ctl
> >throws an error and exits immediately.
> But I agree with you here. I think our only option is to ignore that
> quoted requirement above and propagate [gs]_frame_interval all the way
> to the CSI (which can control the frame rate via frame skipping).
Sounds like something to tackle the media maintainers over - the
documentation vs media-ctl seem to have different ideas on this
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